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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 2 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 327..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

who work in hospitality, now have unreasonable journeys to work because of what this minister has done.

If this minister wants to filibuster and not talk about buses because it is inconvenient to him, there are many other ways that we can skin this cat. The service that he provides to the people of the ACT is unfair to the people who work in the ACT, and the people who work in the ACT, like the bus drivers that he employs, like my constituents who cannot get to work, are badly served by Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Barr: On the amendment, Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: The question is that the amendment be agreed to. You have already spoken.

Mr Barr: No, I spoke on the motion.

MR SPEAKER: Anyone speaking after the amendment has been moved is speaking to the amendment. The question that was before the house was that the amendment be agreed to.

Mr Barr: So I will need leave to speak again?

MR SPEAKER: You will need leave.

Mr Barr: I seek leave to speak again, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Is leave granted?

Leave not granted.

Standing orders—suspension

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella—Minister for the Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Housing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (5.44): Mr Speaker, I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Barr from speaking again.

Mr Speaker, Mr Seselja opened his mouth before his brain was kicked into gear. He really did not mean to do what he did, but now it is on the record. It is on the record: the opposition are denying a member an opportunity to speak to an amendment. There is no reason advanced; it was just no. Well, if they are going to guillotine it like that, close it up like that, we will reopen it like that.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, if you mention buses you are in trouble!

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.45): Mr Speaker, Mr Barr has already spoken on this amendment. At the beginning of this Assembly there were ground rules set out and agreement between the manager of opposition business and the manager of


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